Progressive companies recognize the need to get more out of their existing facility and more effectively manage the materials that make up a smaller, yet critical part of their operation in order to succeed.
Fort Atkinson, Wis. (PRWEB) March 21, 2011
Spacesaver® Industrial™ today introduced ActivRAC Mobilized Storage, a full line of space-saving storage systems that gives manufacturers and companies in the material handling and logistics industry the ability to increase their capacity for meeting mission-critical objectives without having to expand their existing facilities or lease new space – and at the same time – uncover new opportunities to improve productivity and profitability.
With ActivRAC Mobilized Storage, otherwise stationary (or fixed) rows of pallet racking are mounted on carriages and mobilized. The carriages, which can also be equipped with shelving and cabinets, travel on wheels mated to a rail system. By moving side to side, the patented-pending system is able to eliminate space-wasting aisles and “compress” (or compact) the stored materials into a much smaller footprint when compared with a stationary system – yet provide 100 percent access whenever needed.
By putting storage areas to work, ActivRAC Mobilized Storage lets forward-thinking companies uncover square footage they never knew existed and effectively manage “the other materials” in their facility, which consist of essential support materials, such as spare parts and tools, and items that are normally classified as low-turn materials.
Spacesaver Industrial Vice President Ken Bowman says an ActivRAC storage system is ideal for those who want to eliminate wasted space and improve their operations by looking beyond automated and engineered systems alone, which are primarily designed to move materials as quickly as possible from storage to shipping and vice versa.
“There are many strategies and solutions for managing fast-moving materials, which make up the largest percentage of items at most manufacturing and distribution operations,” Bowman says. “Yet progressive companies recognize the need to get more out of their existing facility and more effectively manage the materials that make up a smaller, yet critical part of their operation in order to succeed. We’ve designed and engineered ActivRAC Mobilized Storage to help companies focused on this growing area of importance.”
The Spacesaver Industrial line of mobilized storage systems includes motorized, electric push button and mechanical-assist manual operation systems customized to each application. The line consists of the ActivRAC 8 and patented-pending ActivRAC 16 and ActivRAC 30 models with 8,000, 16,000, and 30,000 pound per carriage section capacity, respectively.
An ActivRAC mobilized storage system requires just one moving aisle that opens and closes to provide fast, easy access to stored materials. The system can replace an existing stationary racking/shelving system altogether, or be equipped with existing racking/shelving. When compared with a conventional stationary system, ActivRAC systems can give users up to 100 percent more capacity within the same footprint. Or, users can maintain current storage levels, but occupy up to 50 percent less floor space. With an ActivRAC system, users can:
- Free up space for revenue generating or value-added activity – and essentially transform otherwise dead storage space into useful space.
- Place materials closer to the point of use as part of a de-centralized storage scheme for streamlined processes and improved productivity. There is no need to travel to and from facilities or warehouse areas for needed materials.
- Better organize materials, such as tools and supplies, since they can be easily housed in a centralized spot for more efficient processes. Users can find and access items kept in one location.
- Effectively manage the continued trend toward storing more and more SKUs, parts and components.
- Reduce the need for plant expansions, or leasing/purchasing of additional facilities.
Fast-aisle opening cycle times help to maintain or improve productivity – which is in addition to the inherent productivity gains of using a system to store items closer to the point of use. The systems also are equipped with a host of robust safety features. Additionally, ActivRAC Mobilized Storage supports sustainability initiatives given its ability to minimize the need for facility expansions or new construction; thereby preserving habit or promoting open spaces while also reducing operating and life-cycle costs. The system’s carriages are also manufactured from recycled steel.
ActivRAC systems are sold through an independent network of handpicked and highly trained distributors who are experienced in manufacturing processes and also experts in materials handling and storage. Local distributors work in tandem with end-users, architects and local building authorities to properly evaluate each application and recommend the most appropriate warehouse or manufacturing storage solution. The team also includes highly skilled Spacesaver Industrial sales and technical support representatives.
About Spacesaver Industrial
Spacesaver Industrial is a division of Spacesaver Corporation, which has been a leading provider of high-density compact mobile storage systems and an array of other storage solutions and accessories since 1972. The company has successfully installed more than 100,000 storage systems for leading companies and institutions across North America, including an untold number of industrial applications. Spacesaver Corporation, a division of KI, Green Bay, Wis., employs nearly 600 at its manufacturing facility in Fort Atkinson, Wis. The manufacturing plant, which has earned ISO 9001:2008, encompasses 358,000 square feet. From the manufacturing floor to the front office, the Spacesaver Industrial division has extensive experience in designing and manufacturing solutions exclusively for use in a diverse range of manufacturing operations, as well as companies focused on the warehousing, distribution, and logistics industries.
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